Tuesday Evenings | 18.00-21.00 | £200 | 10 weeks 

On this mixed-level course you can learn anything from the very basics of sewing machine sewing using a pattern, to advanced techniques for getting things perfect. With regular practice being one of the methods of achieving perfection our course ensures you reserve the time for this!

With dozens of years in the fashion industry, Jacquie has picked up hundreds of tips and tricks to create perfect garments. Learn and enhance your sewing skills learning to make your own clothes using commercial patterns; with on hand guidance for all the tricky bits! We can provide appropriate projects if you are a beginner, or you can bring your own patterns that you might be struggling with. You can also choose something from our vintage patterns in Aunty Dianna’s Pattern Library.

As well as having plenty of hands-on learning opportunities this will be a lovely creative, social opportunity to make time for sewing and getting projects done! Using your patterns as prompts you can learn about seams, hems, darts; pockets; zips, buttons, fastenings; facings, bindings, collars and how these can all make perfect garments. As well as helping you individually Jacquie will do demonstrations each week which can be based on participants’ suggestions.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as people who already sew but could do it better!

Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

Sewing course with Jacqueline Bounsall at Cambridge Art Makers

Tutor | Jacqueline Bounsall

Jacquie trained as a Fashion Designer specialising in Knitwear at St. Martin’s. Through further study in pattern making and garment construction at the London College of Fashion she worked as a Pattern Maker in the Fashion Industry, creating designer collections for London Fashion Week. Throughout her career she has been involved in teaching and went on to qualify as a teacher in 2013.

Inspired by constructing garments from a 2D image Jacquie rises to the challenge of creating a new silhouette as much as perfecting the fit of a sleeve. She is passionate about shape and texture and is curious to understand and master the technical side of garment construction whether pattern cutting or making. She finds working with new and interesting ideas, materials and people stimulating and enjoys overcoming the challenges that they may bring.

Jacquie made her first dress from a pattern when she was 8 – back then home sewing & knitting was much cheaper than buying clothes and it enabled a more unique wardrobe which is very relevant to how we should be thinking today –  Jacquie was hooked from then on. She relied on bought patterns until she was about 17 when she started to alter them to her own designs; making a suit for her boyfriend out of calico, which was very fashionable at the time! She made a smock out of Liberty print for a friend who asked if she had ever thought of doing this and going to Art School? Learning how to do things independently was so liberating and still is! You never stop learning new and different ways of approaching a project.

Term Dates

May-July 2021
  • Tuesdays 18th May – 27th July
  • Break Tuesday 22nd June

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Sewcialising – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 18:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 21:00

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Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow the signs to Linton Zoo!

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Covid-19 Guidelines | Please read our covid-19 guidelines which can be found here

Access | Please note that our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at [email protected]

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

Availability | No spaces left? Email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

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